Are you searching for a dentist in the Selkirk area? Finding the right kind of dentist can be a tricky task, so here, our dentists are offering some advice about how to make the right choice.
A good dentist will have a good reputation in their community. Ask your friends, family and coworkers about the dentists they see and then look into their suggestions yourself. Online reviews can be excellent for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the the following:
Does a dentist take the time to listen to you as you explain your symptoms and ask questions? Do you feel comfortable expressing your fears or anxieties? Do they answer those questions effectively and informatively? Do they seem to hear and understand any concerns you bring up?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Advancements in dental technology have allowed dentists to offer a wide range of services to their patients. Do your prospective dentists offer comprehensive services ranging from restorative and cosmetic to preventative treatments? What about their emergency services?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
While your health should always be your first priority, money may also be an issue. Don't hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedure you may need.
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Are you able to visit the dentist before making your first appointment in order to make your final decision?
At Interlake Dental Centre, we are happy to have patients visit our office at pre-scheduled times so you can get to know our dental center and our staff. We are proud of our team and the clean, organized and welcoming environment we offer. We can't wait to answer any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Selkirk
Our dentists and support staff are always more than happy to welcome new patients to our dental office. If you are searching for a new dentist in the Selkirk area, we hope that you will consider us!